The Stéfan Sinclair Scholarship is designed to support a graduate student working at the intersection
of the humanities, literature, language and computing who needs financial assistance. Each year a
scholarship of approximately $2250 will be awarded to help pay the tuition of one student in memory
of Stéfan Sinclair. The award is supported by family and friends of Stéfan Sinclair.
Dr. Stéfan Sinclair was a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill
University. He specialized in digital humanities research, teaching and tool development. His many
professional accomplishments include the creation (in partnership with Geoffrey Rockwell) of Voyant,
an accessible in-browser suite of text analysis tools; and the creation (in partnership with Terry
Nadasdi) of Bon Patron, an online grammar checker for French, used by millions of individuals each
year. His endeavours resulted, over the years, in a number of significant contributions to the
development of Digital Humanities, both in Canada and internationally.
Intrinsic to the basic nature of Stéfan the person were authenticity and humility. He engaged with
colleagues and students alike in a gentle, caring, accepting, generous and respectful manner, always
seeing his role as one of providing support and rendering service. His leadership style in the pursuit of
his professional goals was one of collaboration, and he always maintained an unflinching advocacy for